Murderous herdsmen and insurgents struck at St. Vincent Ferrer’s Parish in Malumfashi, Katsina State, North West Nigeria and kidnapped two priests working in the Parish. One of the victims, Fr. Joseph Keke is the elderly first Nigerian to be ordained priest for Sokoto Diocese in the 70s.
Sometime after the abductions, the heartless souls killed the second priest, Fr. Alphonsus Bello and dumped his body at a spot not far from the Parish Church.
The incident took place Thursday, the same day that the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth-Leonard paid a courstesy visit to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto under whose jurisdiction is Malumfashi Parish.
Malumfashi is one of the Catholic Church deaneries in Katsina State, one of the four states making up Sokoto Diocese. Katsina is the home state of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, a state where bandits have been unrelenting in their criminal activities.